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Europe Wants U.S. To Do Dirty Work Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Lienesch | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

Residents in a number of European countries strongly support the American air strikes that have been launched in Iraq, but are much less supportive of...

How Hard Is It to Make It to the NHL?

Emily Cornelius | Posted 09.11.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

As hockey fans, one of our favorite things to do is criticize the players. But are we giving these players enough credit? How hard is it actually to 'make it,' to 'go to the show,' to 'get the call?'

Finland Suspects Russia Of Violating Its Airspace

AP | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such inc...

Strip Down And Get Sweaty At Finnair's Unisex Sauna

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel

You've always wanted to strip down and sweat next to your seatmate.... right? In perhaps the most Finnish move ever, Finnair, the country's flag c...

Now's The Historic Moment for the Nordics

András Simonyi | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
András Simonyi

Our Center has been and remains a strong advocate of the importance for the Nordic countries to step forward as individual nations as well as a group...

How Concert Halls Enhance Crescendos

Trevor Cox | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science
Trevor Cox

The intensity and emotional impact of the crescendo might appear to be in the hands on the composer and musicians, but now new research shows that in certain concert halls, the right acoustic makes the crescendo sound much louder at the end and hence much more dramatic.

How Far Will That American Passport Take You?

trivago | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
trivago

U.S. travelers might be pleasantly surprised.

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not number one in education.

TechView: Linus Torvalds, Inventor of Linux

Bill_Robinson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Though he prefers to tell people he was named after the "Peanuts" character, the truth is he was named after Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize-winner.

A Tree Grows in Helsinki

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

What's more, to many Americans the presence of such things on the public landscape says something far greater about how they view themselves and the society in which they find themselves privileged to live. I know. I'm one such guy.

Road Bumps, Drama and Noise: Officials Dismiss Complaints about Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Drama and noise are a good thing and I do not mind being called a road bump especially if we can stop destructive educational policies that enrich publishers while masquerading as reform.

Obama, Putin and Ukraine: No Charge of the Light Brigade But A Big Unnecessary Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Even though Putin lectured Obama at length, after forcing him to come to his dacha outside Moscow, about Russia's concerns, with a very special emphasis on Ukraine, the reality that the administration had to deal not with a nice ally and potential buddy but a tough guy with very clearly defined limits did not sink in.

Saint Patrick's Day and the Other American Dream

Boria Sax | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Boria Sax

But Saint Patrick's Day is not really about history, religion, or even Ireland; it is about the "other" American dream. Like the dream of building a new and better life, this one is a product of the immigrant experience.

Suomenlinna: The Ultimate Destination for Travel Loners

Rita Anya Nara | Posted 04.28.2014 | Travel
Rita Anya Nara

The six islands comprising the Fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki, Finland, have the kind of forlorn beauty that one would expect in this pocket of Scandinavia -- and a quirky, varied culture all their own.

Technology or Teachers?

Kathy Kemper | Posted 04.21.2014 | Education
Kathy Kemper

There is no silver bullet that will enable the U.S. to catch up, and it has been clear for some time, moreover, that simply throwing money at schools is not the answer.

Symmetry in Scandinavia: Finland's Holiday Food Markets

Sarah Dajani | Posted 03.08.2014 | Taste
Sarah Dajani

Allow me to explain what Finland seems to be to me. In one word: design. Think ice, sleek and shiny like steel. Snowflakes, each one perfectly unique in its crystalline lattice. And darkness, the absorption of all light and the undying fashion statement of "artists" around the globe.

Dad Sends 'Youngest Astronauts Ever' To Infinity And Beyond

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

Tero Tähtinen's mission for Christmas last year definitely went above and beyond the call of parental duty -- to infinity and beyond, some might say....

In Search of Elusive Growth: Making the Most of R&D Tax Incentives

OECD | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
OECD

Finding new sources of growth right now is tough. Innovation -- which fosters competitiveness, productivity, and job creation -- can help but with budgets stretched to the limit how can governments boost innovation in their economies?

Egypt Cracks Down on Journalists

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.01.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It was said in jest but a professor of politics at Egypt's Nile University warned journalists and anyone taking pictures not to do so after an escalat...

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

The Teaching Profession: Then and Now

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.10.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The department chair handed me a textbook to teach from. I took one look at it, and decided I couldn't inflict such dry, pedantic stuff on my students. I also noticed that my classroom door was closed and no one was watching me.

Reforming Education -- Where to Start?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 01.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Andreas Schleicher

When faced with challenging issues, we all know that a good way to compile a selection of possible solutions is to look around and see how others have...

Ring In The New Year Twice

Posted 11.25.2013 | Travel

New Year's Eve is so much fun... who wouldn't want to celebrate multiple times? If ringing in the new year at the stroke of midnight just once isn'...

2 Air Force Jets Collide In Midair

AP | Posted 11.13.2013 | World

HELSINKI (AP) — The Finnish defense force says that two Hawk jets have collided in midair during a training flight and that both pilots ejected. Th...

SPOILER ALERT: This Owl Does Not Freeze To Death At The End

Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Whoooooo's that in the distance? That was the question on Pentti Taskinen's lips when he was paddling out on Finland's Lake Tuusula on Sunday. Once...